CHINA


ROASTED PORK BELLY WITH CRACKLINGS
Another thing I wanted to check off the to-cook-list. And finally I got to check it off. I’ve done this roast pork belly with cracklings for handful times and failed that many times too !! The most desirable thing to me (and many others) when it comes to roasted pork […]

ROASTED PORK BELLY WITH CRACKLINGS


POACHED PORK BELLY WITH SPICY GARLIC SAUCE 2
I’m a big fan of Szechuan cuisine (read: spicy). Though not all of their food are spicy, but some of them are and those agree well with us. “Suan Ni Bai Rou” or loosely translated into “white meat with garlic paste” is one of my favorite of Szechuan’s. It was […]

POACHED PORK BELLY WITH SPICY GARLIC SAUCE


CHAR SIU / CHINESE BARBECUED PORK 2
Never in million years I thought I could make my own char siu or known as Chinese barbecued pork at home. I thought it was complicated and with the oven we have at home, I didn’t know how it’s gonna turn out. Well, it turned out delicious. Char siu is […]

CHAR SIU / CHINESE BARBECUED PORK



STIR-FRIED FLAT RICE NOODLES WITH CHILI BEAN SAUCE 2
If you haven’t gotten tired of me saying “I love noodles”…well, I love noodles and flat wide rice noodles (or known as “fun” in Cantonese or “kwe tiau” in Hokkian dialect) are my most favorite. I like them serve with soup/stew or stir-fried. I really like this stir-fried flat rice […]

STIR-FRIED FLAT RICE NOODLES WITH CHILI BEAN SAUCE


ZHA JIANG MIAN/ SWEET AND SPICY BEEF NOODLES
Talking about zha jiang mian, I’m taken back to my almost-once-a-week-date with my sister at the Crystal Jade Restaurant in Singapore. Zha jiang mian was always what we ordered. I really like the zha jiang mian noodle there. Zha jiang mian is originated from northern China. Zha jiang means bean […]

ZHA JIANG MIAN/ SWEET AND SPICY BEEF NOODLES


COLORFUL MANTOU
Mantou or Chinese plain steamed bun was my childhood favorite and still is. I remember having that for afternoon tea snacks. It’s like steamed buns, but usually without any filling inside and has a half-circle shape, soft and fluffy. Mantou is a staple of the Chinese. It can be eaten […]

COLORFUL MANTOU



PEKING DUCK WITH CHINESE PANCAKES
You know, there is always first time for everything. This was my first time roasting a whole duck in my entire natural life so far lol! The thought of roasting a big bird like that was a bit intimidating (to me at least!). But once you did it for that […]

PEKING DUCK WITH CHINESE PANCAKES


SOUP DUMPLINGS / XIAO LONG BAO 4
If you have ever eaten xiao long bao before, I know your face will lighten up by just seeing the words For the few years I’ve lived in Singapore, I had been spoiled with wonderful xiao long bao from various Chinese restaurants. Thin skin and the soup gushes out when […]

SOUP DUMPLINGS / XIAO LONG BAO


SZECHUAN WATER-BOILED FISH
I didn’t have much exposure to Szechuan food when I lived in Asia. Probably because Szechuan cuisine wasn’t as popular back then, but it sure has gained lots of popularity in recent years. Since I moved to Minnesota, I’ve love love..Szechuan dishes (hint: hot spicy food). But of course, not […]

SZECHUAN WATER-BOILED FISH



GOJI BERRY TEA
Goji berry or known as wolfberry is an important ingredient in my mom’s pantry and so is mine (and I believe many other Asians). My mom uses goji berry for tea, soup, stir-fry veggies, or just munch them like raisins. This berry is originated from China and usually comes in dried […]

GOJI BERRY TEA


Chinese steamed chicken
Steamed chicken is one of our favorites. Not only it’s easy, but it’s tasty (regardless of the pale-looking color). It’s my to-go recipe when I need to fix a meal quickly and always popular with out two kids too. The meat is always soft and tender. Our other favorite steamed […]

STEAMED CHICKEN WITH GINGER AND SCALLION


SALT AND PEPPER SHRIMP
This salt and pepper shrimp is one of my absolute favorite shrimp recipes. The salt and pepper combination is highly addicting (to me) and if you add a bit of jalapeno peppers, OMG, So..so..good. Not burning spicy, but enough to give you that heat sensation. In fact, this salt and […]

SALT AND PEPPER SHRIMP



SZECHUAN BANG BANG CHICKEN WITH NOODLE SALAD
When I saw “Bang Bang Chicken” on the menu for the first time at a Szechuan restaurant a while ago, I knew I had to have it. I’ve never had authentic Szechuan bang bang chicken before. This popular Chinese street food, gets its name from a heavy baton that is […]

SZECHUAN BANG BANG CHICKEN WITH NOODLE SALAD


TARO PUFF / WOO KOK
Taro puff or known as woo kok in Cantonese language is one of my very favorite dim sum items to order whenever we go for a dim sum. I’ve always had soft spots for taro to begin with (or anything with high carbs lol). Making your own taro puff wasn’t […]

TARO PUFF / WOO KOK


SZECHUAN HOT POT FOR ASIAN NEW YEAR EVE 3
Chinese New Year falls on January 31,2014 this year. When I still lived in Singapore, this is the time of the year that I looked forward to the most. I usually booked my airplane ticket to go back home during this time 3-4 months before the new year. It’s the […]

HOT POT FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR EVE



LION'S HEAD MEATBALLS
The Chinese often has unique way in naming the dishes. Lion’s head meatballs is one of the example. The shape of the meatballs resemble the head of the lion. There are lots of varieties out there for lion’s head meatballs recipes. You will see some were cooked with napa cabbage […]

LION’S HEAD MEATBALLS


GREEN TORTOISE CAKE WITH PEANUT FILLINGS / ANG KU KUEH
Last month my mom made the red tortoise cake with mung bean fillings again for Iven’s one month celebration and they were really good. This time around she made the green tortoise cake with peanut fillings. Let me tell you, the peanut fillings is my favorite one compare to the […]

GREEN TORTOISE CAKE WITH PEANUT FILLINGS / ANG KU KUEH


GLUTINOUS RICE BALLS WITH PEANUT FILLING / TANG YUAN
Glutinous rice balls or known as tang yuan in Chinese is a traditional food that is eaten in special occasion. December 22 (or sometimes December 21) is one of the days that people eat tang yuan. It is a Dong Zhi Festival or known as Winter Solstice. It is one […]

GLUTINOUS RICE BALLS WITH PEANUT FILLING / TANG YUAN



BAKED BUNS
Yes, I know..more and more buns. I gotta satiate my cravings for buns. These are baked however, not steamed like the usual buns. Baked buns with meat fillings are also very popular as a matter of fact. It’s my favorite too. Baking makes the buns crispy on the outside and […]

CHINESE BAKED BUNS


BARBECUED PORK STEAMED BUN / CHAR SIU BAO 5
Char siu Bao or barbecued pork steamed buns is one of the most popular item when you go for dim sum. The pork is marinated and basting in savory and sweet sauce and roasted to perfection 😉 You’ll see most Chinese restaurants that serve authentic Chinese food will sell barbecued […]

BARBECUED PORK STEAMED BUNS / CHAR SIU BAO


COOK AND SELL DUMPLINGS / SIU MAI
If you are wondering why it is called “cook and sell” dumplings, well, it is a direct translation from the Cantonese dialect siu mai. Siu 燒 means to cook and mai 賣 means to sell. Like I mentioned before, the Chinese like to name the dishes that convey good messages/meanings. […]

COOK AND SELL DUMPLINGS / SIU MAI



STIR-FRIED SHREDDED PORK WITH SWEET BEAN PASTE
I have to admit that it does get a little hot to cook at the kitchen lately. I consider Minnesota’s summer as a “mild” one compare to that in Oklahoma, but still, the temperature inside the house rises quickly as soon as I do some cooking. But, I still need […]

STIR-FRIED SHREDDED PORK WITH SWEET BEAN PASTE


CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE
I was first introduced to this crispy tofu cubes with sweet chili sauce when we visited Singapore last year. We were at Crystal Jade and my sister ordered this dish. My then 23-month old daughter got hooked to this tofu dish (Yes, it’s fried, who won’t get hooked ). I […]

CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE


ANTS CLIMBING A TREE / MA YI SHANG SHU
Chinese sure does like to name their dishes in a unique way. Most of the time it’s a “literal” translation of what it visually looks like. This ants climbing a tree dish is one of the example. Fret not, there is no ants involved. This classic Szechuan dish is named […]

ANTS CLIMBING A TREE / MA YI SHANG SHU



BEEF STIR-FRY IN SA-TSA BBQ SAUCE
This delicious beef stir-fry in sa-tsa bbq sauce was something I learned how to make back in college eons ago. My Taiwanese friend actually introduced the sa-tsa bbq sauce (or what she called Taiwanese bbq sauce) to me. Honestly, I didn’t like it as much initially. But, the more I […]

BEEF STIR-FRY IN SA-TSA BBQ SAUCE


CHINESE EGG DUMPLINGS / DAN JIAO
I first learned about the Chinese egg dumplings or known as dan jiao, from Taiwanese friends. The egg dumplings are commonly seen when they serve hot pot or during Chinese New Year. The origin of this dish though, was said to be from Peking. The skin of the dumplings are […]

CHINESE EGG DUMPLINGS / DAN JIAO


CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS 10
Chee Cheong Fun is one of my favorite Dim Sum items to order. I never ever have Dim Sum without Chee Cheong Fun. Dim sum is the Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or […]

CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS



STEAMED PIPA SHRIMPS
…and you wonder what in the world is pipa shrimps ? Well, the shrimps are definitely regular kinds, but because the dish itself resembles the shape of a pi pa, a musical instrument from China, and hence the name. The shrimps are shelled, cleaned and butterflied and laid on top […]

STEAMED PIPA SHRIMPS


BEEF WITH BLACK BEAN SAUCE
Black bean sauce is quite a popular ingredient in the Chinese kitchen. The black bean sauce is made by fermenting the black bean in salt and spices. When you taste it, it is quite salty and which is why it is often used in stir-fry meat dishes. You will find […]

BEEF WITH BLACK BEAN SAUCE


BEEF CHOW FUN / CANTONESE-STYLE STIR-FRIED RICE NOODLES WITH BEEF 2
I got hooked with beef chow fun the first time hubby ordered it at this Chinese restaurant and the first bite into this beef chow fun was simply unforgettable. Beef chow fun is a popular Cantonese dish. I would say this is the Cantonese style of “char kwe tiau/ stir-fried […]

BEEF CHOW FUN / CANTONESE-STYLE STIR-FRIED RICE NOODLES WITH BEEF



FISH-FRAGRANT AUBERGINE
So after making the fish-fragrant pork, I decided to also make another one of Szechuan popular fish-fragrant dish, the fish-fragrant aubergine/eggplants. Again, there is no fish in the dish if you ever wonder. The term fish-fragrant comes from the popular way of the Szechuanese using ingredients that are usually used […]

FISH-FRAGRANT AUBERGINE


FISH-FRAGRANT PORK
I’ve seen this “fish-fragrant” description on the Szechuan restaurant’s menu we often go to and never knew what the whole dish was all about. So, we decided to give it a try and really liked it. After a success in trying to “mimic” the Szechuan Piao Xiang Chili Fish fillet […]

FISH-FRAGRANT PORK / 魚 香 肉 絲